"achingly beautiful vocal" The Guardian
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"five stars" Observer
"Aarset and Youssef have forged a thrilling new sound that could make Divine Shadows a crossover hit"
"... a meditative thing of frequent beauty and unquestionable tastefulness."
"This heady, enticing cultural clash - the sensual warmth of Youssef's Middle East meets the cool sensuality of his European collaborators...has yielded moments of quite sublime beauty... the results approach the hypnotically sublime."
"there's got to be something pretty astonishing coming out that will prevent this being my album of the year!"
"Intricate melodies and textures abound"
"Youssef's music marries ancient meditative sounds of Arabic origin with up-to-the-second electronica, fractured acoustic funk and jazz-influenced improvisation. Youssef's music continues to cast a considerable spell."
"Supple grooves and subtle soundscapesmake a calm but impassioned plea for understanding and dialogue and invite you in like cool, tiled architecture on a sweltering day"
"Genuine musical and emotional beauty"
"What sets this album apart is the jazzy backbeat of boopy percussion and cool brass topped by some awesomely eerie vocals - soft and fluent and soaring in the mystical style of the Muslim Sufis. It's spellbinding."
"a stroke of genius..... a beguiling mix of the passionate spirituality infusing qwaali and the visceral appeal of cutting-edge electronic music."
"In a territory full of self-indulgent ramblings, this CD stands out as intensely musicals, focused and yes, spiritual, in a designer sort of way. He's not only a fine oud player, but a spectacular vocalist. This is a CD and a musician I want to keep coming to."
"the kind of gig you watched and prayed would never end, charged with such magic that you knew you would be telling people about it in years to come"
"really raises the roof"
"achingly beautiful vocal"
"It's music that tethers Third world beats to First World technology, a thin cross-cultural membrane connecting the ancient with the modern, the sacred with the profane."
"...the Tunisian vocalist and oud virtuoso juxtaposes the ancient, mystical, hypnotic music of Islamic Sufism with the textures of electric jazz."